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To the editor: Business as usual for 54 years at the Bay Shore Power Plant has to be changed.
So many businesses are tied to the fishing industry in this area and the Great Lakes region. Let’s put our heads together and come up with a solution to this fish kill problem.
First Energy, remember you live and have families in this area also. We all have the responsibility of our natural resources.
Then The Press does a story and a few days later, it is removed. Thanks to you, a small patch of Oregon was made brighter. It means a lot to motorists who have to drive by there every day and to the businesses nearby.
I was on council then and it was voted down because they were offering amounts much higher than we could afford. But the main reason it was voted down was they were not going to provide us with 24/7 protection.
The chief at Lake Township who at my request, has a proposal that is much lower than we are paying for protection. The benefits that we can receive by going with the township are in this proposal, and there are many.
We should at least look at it before making rash decisions. It appears our mayor has spoken and is not interested because he said, “When we have our police department, we have control.” We have control where their focus is, where they spend their majority of time.
Does that mean spending a lot of time parked at the post office catching people speeding? I would like to believe that there is more to the village than just getting speeders. Ron Liwo’s comment was, “I’m not sure if it’s the role of a resident to go out into the community and get proposals.”
When decisions are being made here in the village by elected officials that we put in office are in question, I would like to believe we live in a free world where people are allowed to question the very officials that work for us. Perhaps some of them fail to realize this. The very fact that a resident inquires what it would cost, and I might add, I brought it back where it was supposed to be at a public meeting.
I thought that’s where you are given the right to address some of your concerns. Apparently I was wrong. I guess we residents must ask permission from the mayor and council before we are allowed to address it in a public forum.
This would be a great opportunity for this village. It’s a savings for the village. The cost of the police department in 2007 was $466,914.91. In 2008, the actual cost was $455,730.61 and the projected cost for 2009 is $410,721.61. But in that projected amount will we be able to live up to it if this village is going to hire a full-time chief? The proposal from Lake Township is $350,000 and the chief quoted higher, and that is negotiable.
I can see the mayor and council members have already made up their minds because the mayor was quoted as saying, that he and council are dead-set against contracting for police services with Lake Township.
Come November, voters should remember this.
For the Lucas County Prosecutor’s Office to say Rodney was due benefits of 150 percent of his salary says it all. The prosecutor does not even need Rodney’s club’s “donation.” No one even runs against her.
Next week, I promise to both correct many of Mr. Schwartz’s contentions and suggest several solutions to the problems. This week, however, I want to keep a campaign promise. Last year, when running, I offered that one of the greatest problems in Oregon is the lack of meaningfully dialogue between persons who disagree. To that end, and before writing this and next week’s piece, I called The Press and asked Mr. Schwartz to call me to discuss where I believe he is incorrect and how together we could help educate and serve our community. My phone remains silent. Mr. Schwartz is apparently more interested in being part of the problem than the facts or the solution.
I campaigned hard to end closed-minded and one-sided government. Divisiveness needs to end. The Press, as Oregon’s primary local news source, has an important responsibility to facilitate dialogue. The lack of a return call is inexcusable. Mr. Schwartz and the editorial staff of The Press are as responsible to the citizens and the facts as am I. When someone calls me to discuss where I missed the mark, I answer and call back. And listen. Mr. Schwartz has the exact same responsibility.
Oregon will be better by leaps and bounds when an open and informed dialogue between those who disagree but respect their neighbors is the norm, not the exception. Until that time, we will bicker, in-fight, and mostly miss out on opportunities to make this a better place to live. Brian Schwartz is certainly not alone in this, I have seen much the same at City Hall far too often.
Clarifying the factual errors in what Mr. Schwartz said is relatively easy, as I fully intend to demonstrate next week. Fixing the method he employs, less so. Fixing the overall sewer problem, more so again. I hope to live long enough to see an Oregon where we disagree and discuss.
In the meantime, I have two questions for Mr. Schwartz ,and I fully expect a call from him or The Press editorial staff answering them:
I look forward to fully explaining the rest next week. In the meantime, Oregon, I hope you will call me when you have concerns. I will call back. Your opinion, even when I disagree, matters.
Editor’s note: The Press talked to both Mr. Myers and Mayor Marge Brown and offered to run a correction if the facts Mr. Schwartz cited in his column were inaccurate. To date, neither has, albeit, both disagree with Mr. Schwartz’s opinion. Mr. Schwartz took his information from a Press article published on March 2. To date, no one from the city has called to dispute the facts in that article.
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